plural noun
dig·​gings | \ ˈdi-giŋz How to pronounce diggings (audio) \

Definition of diggings

1 : a place of excavating especially for ore, metals, or precious stones
2 : material dug out
b chiefly British : lodgings for a student

Examples of diggings in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stricker’s mention of Long Beach was a reference to Washington’s richest razor diggings, which also have yielded unusually large clams. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, 1 Apr. 2022 As tear gas and bullets fly, students from the affluent suburbs of Yangon and Mandalay, the country’s two biggest cities, are being joined on the barricades by fresh-faced office and factory workers and young miners from the jade diggings of Kachin. Brian Wong, Time, 5 Mar. 2021 But her family letters from a century ago told of gatherings, as well as grave diggings. Jacey Fortin New York Times, Star Tribune, 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of diggings

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of diggings was in 1538

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Last Updated

11 Apr 2022

Cite this Entry

“Diggings.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diggings. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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